Christmas Eve Dinner Comes to Family Therapy

Dear Amy: My late first wife has a sister who hosts dinner on Christmas Eve.

amy dickinson

I remarried after my wife’s death, and three out of five boys in our blended family, ages 18 to 27, attend their aunt’s dinner. (The other two boys, his half-brothers, are also adults.)

The event takes place just before 10 p.m., resulting in participants weary for our Christmas morning, as well as no Christmas Eve for our blended family.

My wife of seven years and I attended with the whole family the year we were married, but haven’t parted since. The house is small, and we are trying to carry on with our family traditions and make new memories.